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Walt Mossberg – Spotify Podcast Ads are a ‘Planned Violation of Privacy’

Photo Credit: YouTube Spotify is planning on inserting streaming podcast ads later this year. Walt Mossberg calls it a ‘planned violation of privacy.’ Spotify announced the new streaming ad-tech at CES this year. Dubbed Streaming Ad Insertion (SAI), the tech will ‘help further monetize podcasts available on Spotify’s platform.’ Spotify made a big push into […]

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Sonos Will Stop Updating Older Hardware in May — Even Though 92% of Its Speakers Are ‘Still In Use’

Photo Credit: Unsplash Sonos will stop updating its older speakers and hardware in May, the company has announced. Sonos says it is retiring old products because “they have been stretched to their technical limits in terms of memory and processing power.” The change will affect many Sonos customers, as 92% of its products are still […]

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The Ringer Staff Finds Out About Spotify Acquisition Talks—from the Wall Street Journal

Spotify’s interest in acquiring The Ringer, a sports and popular culture website and podcast network, came as a surprise to many—including Ringer employees, who learned of the news just like everyone else did: through a report published by The Wall Street Journal on January 17th. Today, The Ringer’s team members issued a public response to […]

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Netflix Says They’ll Never Have Ads, CEO Explains Why

As music streaming services welcome ads, Netflix’s CEO backs the paid-only model. As music-streaming services (and certain video-streaming platforms) continue to embrace ads, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has doubled down on his pro-subscription, anti-advert philosophy. During Netflix’s 2019 earnings call, which took place on Tuesday, Hastings reiterated his belief that ads are exploitative, that an […]

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Downtown Music Is Going ‘Full Stack’ — Acquires Amsterdam-Based FUGA

FUGA CEO Pieter van Rijn Downtown Music Holdings’s AVL Digital Group has acquired FUGA, an Amsterdam-based digital music distributor and service provider. The purchase, which was announced publicly this morning (January 22nd), is the latest in a series of aggressive, growth-minded investments from Downtown. In March of 2019, the company finalized an estimated $200 million […]

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Amazon Claims More Than 55 Million Music Streaming Users

Photo Credit: Amazon Amazon says its Amazon Music streaming service has surpassed 55 million customers. There are six different pricing tiers for its streaming service, including a free ad-supported tier. Amazon Music first launched in October 2016, but it still lags behind Apple Music and Spotify. Just last summer, Apple Music announced 60 million subscribers. […]

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Meet the Artist Who Is Literally Saving His Fans’ Lives — Our Latest Podcast

Rapper Lucidious being interviewed on the Digital Music News Podcast, December, 2019 (photo: DMN CC0) Lucidious is an independent rapper with more than 100 million Spotify streams and a steady income. He’s also a guy helping his fans deal with serious issues of depression and suicide. What?  You’re not subscribed to the Digital Music News […]